Odds are today’s poem is not unfamiliar to you. It is one of my favorites and well-worth revisiting, however you take its meaning. Enjoy.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-Robert Frost, 1916
Such inner peace
The ability to slowly
breathe deeply and enjoy —
of such contentment
You will not mistake such
ecstasy for depression —
you will be too tempted
Some of my most favorite words. From “Hamlet”, by Shakespeare.
“Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar
But never doubt I love.”
Seeing as Monday is usually a day when most of us could use a little pick-me-up, today I’m starting “monday words”. Good stuff to get you through the start of the week. It’s only fitting that we start with one of my favorite poets, e.e. cummings. He lived from 1894-1962, and wrote plays as well as painted. You can read more about him here. I’ve always like his poems because they usually are interesting visually on the page. He staggers words, often leaves out punctuation. They become something else altogether when read out loud. Each word has a purpose. Nothing is extra. The one below is bit more traditional in form. I hope it perks up your Monday.
[love is more thicker than forget]
by E. E. Cummings
love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail
it is more mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea
love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive
it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky